Angry Bryzgalov refutes reports, blasts media

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Angry Bryzgalov refutes reports, blasts media

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov doesn’t often get very angry with reporters.

But he let off some steam Thursday night after a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators (see game recap).

His anger was directed at some media outlets who reported he had fallen asleep during a team meeting and was subsequently benched in favor of Steve Mason, who started Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Islanders.

Bryzgalov was asked whether the last couple of days have been hard on him.

“You know guys, to be honest, I don’t know where you get this information,” Bryzgalov replied. “Be honest, did you read yourself what you wrote? That’s embarrassing. You have to prove your sources.

“That was never happening. You became not professional journalist. It’s embarrassing, seriously. You’ve got to do your job better.

“I’m only pointing at guys who were involved in this because it’s really embarrassing and you have to be better. Step up, guys. Prove your information, find a reliable source.”

Ironically, the story broke on 97.5 The Fanatic -- which happens to be the Flyers' very own flagship radio station.

A number of Flyers were quoted on the record insisting Bryzgalov never fell asleep, as were others quoted anonymously. The Daily News backed The Fanatic’s report, quoting its own sources.

Loose pucks
Flyers forward Adam Hall was 12 for 18 on faceoffs, which is his highest total of faceoffs taken and the highest number won in 40 games this season. ... The Flyers have just two shorthanded goals this season. Giroux’s in this game and Max Talbot had the other. … Colin Greening’s power-play goal for the game winner snapped a Flyers' streak of four consecutive games without allowing a power-play goal. The Flyers had killed off eight straight power plays over four games and the first four Thursday before that goal. ... Bryzgalov played very well, giving up just two goals on 33 shots.

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Stars 2

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Stars 2

BOX SCORE

The streak continues.

The Flyers won their eighth straight game Saturday afternoon with 4-2 victory over the Stars at the Wells Fargo Center. It's their longest win streak since Jan. 6-19, 2002.

Brayden Schenn scored a power-play hat trick — all three goals with the extra man. 
 
Much of the game was a tad on the lethargic end but that is understandable.
 
Why? Because this was the front end of a back-to-back situation for the Flyers in which they will have played 12 games over 20 days between Nov. 22 and Sunday evening in Detroit.
 
Devin Shore had both goals for Dallas. Schenn scored twice on the power play to make it a 2-2 game late in the third period and won it with 2:15 left in the game.
 
Ivan Provorov nearly broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period during a power play when Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had to make an outstretched glove save on his one-timer from the point. 
 
Dallas came into play just 4-5-1 in their last 10 games, while the Flyers were 8-2-0.
 
Notable goals
Shore’s second effort to squeeze one in at the right post on Steve Mason worked at 10:32 of the third period, seconds after a Stars power play ended.
 
Goalie report

Not a lot of action for either goalie, which Mason won’t complain about given he was making his seventh straight start in goal since Nov. 29. Surprising that coach Dave Hakstol would play a tired Mason in this game instead of Sunday’s more important conference matchup in Detroit. He had Anthony Stolarz available.
 
Power play
The Flyers wasted seven seconds of a two-man advantage by not shooting in the first period, but still scored on the 4-on-3 portion off Schenn’s tip. Schenn had three PPGs.
 
Penalty kill
The Flyers did a good job on three of four kills. Even though the Stars didn’t score, the PK unit’s failure to clear a puck resulted in a goal as soon as a Dallas power play ended. Dallas' power play was ranked 14th overall.
 
Injuries
Shayne Gostisbehere took a shot off his right hand in the second period. He has a bone bruise. "Ghost" returned in the third period.
 
Fights
Radko Gudas and Antoine Roussel mixed it up along the boards in the first period without actually fighting. Schenn and Stephen Johns fought to a second-period draw.
 
Scratches
Defenseman Nick Schultz (healthy) and Michael Del Zotto (healthy); forwards Taylor Leier (healthy), Sean Couturier (left knee) and Matt Read (oblique pull); and goalie Michal Neuvirth (left knee). 
 
Up next
It will be back-to-back games for the Flyers, as they left for Detroit after the game to take on the Red Wings on Sunday for their final game at Joe Louis Arena.

Former Flyers coach Bill Dineen dies at 84

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The Associated Press

Former Flyers coach Bill Dineen dies at 84

Bill Dineen, who had the distinction of being Eric Lindros’ first NHL coach, died early Saturday morning at his home in Lake George, New York. He was 84.
 
“Such a wonderful person, who got along with everybody,” Flyers president Paul Holmgren said. “I never played for him, but worked with him in scouting. Just a great guy.” 
 
Dineen succeeded Holmgren as head coach during the 1991-92 season.
 
“When I got fired, a lot of our guys were squeezing their sticks,” Holmgren said. “They were tight. It shouldn’t be hard to play the game. When things got tough, they were a little under stress, Billy coming in, he loosened things up.”
 
Dineen coached parts of two seasons here from 1991-92 through the 1992-93 season, which was Lindros’ first year as a Flyer.
 
“Bill treated everyone with the utmost respect,” Holmgren said. “He was the perfect guy for Eric coming in here. That respect goes both ways. He was almost a grandfatherly figure for Eric at the time.”

"BIll was a super person," Lindros said. "Loved to laugh, enjoy a good time and never took himself seriously. A sad day."

Dineen served as a scout with the organization from 1990-91 until succeeding Holmgren as coach. He then returned to a scouting role in 1993-94 and remained with the Flyers as a scout through 1996-97.
 
Mark Howe, one of the greatest Flyers defensemen of all-time, played for Dineen as an 18-year-old rookie in the WHA with the Houston Aeros (1973-74), and also had him during his final year as a Flyer in 1991-92.
 
“He was one of the best people I ever met in the game of hockey,” Howe said. “He was a real players coach. Of all the guys I ever played for. Maybe a little Paul Holmgren, too. 
 
“If you lost the game, he was one of the very few people if you went for a bite to eat or a beer after the game you lost, you actually felt poorly for letting the coach down.”
 
Howe said Dineen’s teams weren’t all about skill.
 
“He picked people that were about ‘the team,'” Howe said. “He made me earn my spot that first year in Houston.”
 
Dineen posted a 60-60-20 record with the Flyers. His son, Kevin, played on both of those teams before assuming the captaincy from Rick Tocchet in 1993-94. 
 
A gentleman behind the bench, Bill Dineen was much the same person as a player. A former right wing who spent the majority of his six-year playing career with the Detroit Red Wings, he had just 122 penalty minutes in 322 games, scoring 51 goals and 95 points.
 
“I knew Billy for a long time," Flyers senior vice president Bob Clarke said. "He was a player and coach at the minor league level and the NHL level, but I think more importantly he was a really, really good hockey person and really good person.” 

Dineen won two WHA titles coaching the Aeros and two Stanley Cups as a player with the Red Wings. A member of the AHL Hall of Fame, Dineen also coached the Adirondack Red Wings from 1983 through 1988-89.
 
Three of his five sons — Gordon, Peter and Kevin — played in the NHL. Sons Shawn and Jerry had their roots in the AHL. 
 
“His boys are scattered all over the map,” Holmgren said. “Just a tremendous hockey family.”
 
Dineen is part of Flyer folklore trivia. He, along with Keith Allen and Vic Stasiuk, were all Red Wings teammates during 1953-53. They also shared something else in common: all three later  became Flyers head coaches.